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Capture of evil rapist highlighted by Gordon Brown
Published Date: 02 March 2010
THE conviction of a rapist who carried out a sickening attack on a disabled Sheffield woman proves why DNA records should be retained, Gordon Brown has declared.
The Prime Minister used a high profile speech on policing to launch a robust defence of the retention of DNA records from people who are arrested but not charged.
He highlighted the jailing last September for 16-and-a-half years of violent thug Jeremiah Sheridan.
Sheridan, a traveller and door-to-door salesman from Billericay, Essex, brutally raped a 45-year-old woman, who suffers from cerebral palsy and uses a wheelchair, in the bedroom of her Sheffield home in May 1991.
The 37-year-old was caught following 18 years on the run after officers from South Yorkshire Police's Cold Case review team re-examined their evidence following advances in DNA testing techniques.